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Police find two children inside stolen vehicle

first_imgTwo children are now in the care of the Department of Children and Families after authorities recovered them inside of a stolen vehicle during a brief pursuit.Officials say they located a vehicle that was reported stolen traveling in the area of 24th Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard on Monday.Authorities then attempted to conduct a traffic-stop, however, the driver of the vehicle refused to pull over.After a short pursuit, the driver eventually pulled over and that’s when authorities found an infant and a toddler inside of the vehicle along with two adults.Both adults have since been taken into custody.It was also said that the child belong to one of the adults who was taken into custody.last_img read more

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Another decent start for Tiger at Firestone

first_imgTiger Woods watches his chip to the fourth hole, during the first round of the Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament, Thursday, July 31, 2014, in Akron, Ohio. (AP Photo/Phil Long)AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Tiger Woods showed signs of a positive recovery Thursday at the Bridgestone Invitational.Not just from back surgery, but from making bogeys.Woods bounced back with birdies all three times that he made mistakes, opening with a 2-under 68 on a soft, gentle day for scoring at Firestone. It left him four shots behind Marc Leishman of Australia, and hopeful that this time he can build on a solid start.Woods opened with a 69 at the British Open two weeks ago, only to plunge down the leaderboard the rest of the week at Royal Liverpool.“I hit a lot of good shots,” Woods said. “I dropped shots at three holes out there today (and) got it right back on the very next hole.”For so many players, the opening round of this World Golf Championship felt like either a warmup or an audition for bigger events to follow. Ryan Moore was among three players at 65, a good start for someone looking for one big week to get him on the Ryder Cup team.Two more Ryder Cup hopefuls — Patrick Reed and Francesco Molinari of Italy — were among those another shot back.British Open champion Rory McIlroy, who next week will chase his second straight major, was among the leaders until not paying attention to packed sand in a bunker that sent him to a double bogey late in his round. He still wound up with a 69.Leishman has quietly gone about his work in reasonable form, with top 10s recently at Congressional and Royal Liverpool. He had the perfect formula for Firestone, a big golf course where good scores are available by keeping the ball in play.“I drove the ball well. It makes this course a lot easier when you’re on the fairway,” Leishman said. “It’s pretty tough when you’re playing from the rough. Then, I hit my irons really well and was rolling the ball awesome. So it’s a pretty good combination for a tough golf course like this, something I can hopefully keep going.”Charl Schwartzel and Justin Rose joined Moore one shot out of the lead.Woods said only a mild breeze and soft conditions from overnight rain allowed for scoring, though he noted that no one went terribly low. The 64 by Leishman seemed like a good score, so maybe Woods was basing that on his own experience at a course where he has won eight times.Woods twice has shot his career-best 61 at Firestone, including last year on his way to a seven-shot victory. That he managed six birdies was a sign that he was making putts, even though two of his birdies were tap-ins.He still had a few wild moments, starting with a three-putt bogey from 10 feet on the opening hole. He hooked his drive so badly on the par-5 second hole that he worried it might not clear the lake on the adjacent third hole. It was far enough left to leave him a good angle with a 5-wood that he put on the green for a two-putt birdie.His only big mistake was a shot into the trees on the ninth hole. It took him two shots to get out, and from behind the green he couldn’t get up-and-down and made double bogey. Just like two other bogeys in his round, he answered with a birdie with a shot into 6 feet on No. 10.“I feel like I made some progress,” Woods said. “As I said, this is only my seventh round back. So it’s just going to take a little time. I’m starting to get in the flow of things. If you look at my iron shots into the holes today, a majority of them were pin-high. So I’m starting to get the feel back in my hands and get my trajectory under control.”Woods missed three months following back surgery, and the six rounds he has played since returning have not been inspiring, except for that opening round at Hoylake. He needs more rounds like that to remind Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson he would be worth selecting, and to try to extend his season beyond the PGA Championship next week by moving up 90 spots in the FedEx Cup standings to qualify for the playoffs.Phil Mickelson’s biggest struggle was with his health. He didn’t arrive in Ohio until Wednesday night because of strep throat, and he opened with a 71.McIlroy appeared to pick up where he left off in England. He wasn’t expecting a hangover from winning his third major and didn’t experience one except for his mistake from the bunker on the eighth hole.“There’s still so much to play for,” he said. “No. 1 spot is up for grabs. Trying to get myself as far up the FedEx Cup points as possible. I haven’t won a World Golf Championship before. Got another major coming up next week. It hasn’t been that hard for me to refocus and get back to work.”last_img read more

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Defense matters in high-scoring NFL

first_imgAtlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan tries to break free of Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs’ grasp as he looks for a receiver in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)Calling it a resurgence would be an exaggeration.Dubbing it a trend would be hyperbole.Still, the way some NFL teams are ramping up their defenses, maybe the NFL isn’t all about offense after all.If balance is going to be the key to contending for a championship once the temperature dips, the winds begin to blow and the wet stuff starts to fall, several teams have gotten a head start on such symmetry.Nowhere is that more apparent than in Indianapolis. The Colts, even without their best defender — end Robert Mathis is out for the season — come off a 27-0 blanking of Cincinnati. It was the Colts’ first shutout since 2008, and there are signs that the unit coach Chuck Pagano has waited for is rounding into fearsome shape.“I can’t remember off the top of my head, but they’re hard to come by when you have a defensive performance like that,” Pagano said when asked the last time he was associated with such a showing. It probably came when he was an assistant with the Ravens.“Again, we’re just starting to get a glimpse of what we envisioned when we got together a couple years ago, what we wanted to build when we first got here. Looks like that monster is starting to rear its head a little bit.”The Colts already ranked atop the NFL in offense heading into Week 7, led by the marksmanship of Andrew Luck, the receiving of T.Y. Hilton and Reggie Wayne, the running of Ahmad Bradshaw, and an offensive line that affords Luck enough protection.Throw in a dangerous defense and …“I know Indy is known for their offense all the time,” linebacker Jerrell Freeman said. “We have a great offense here and I’m blessed to be at a place like this with the offense. But we definitely want everybody to know that we do have a defense and we’re going to be up for any challenge.”The challenges for defenses are many in the current NFL. For years, the rules makers have made changes to benefit the other side of the ball. Many of them have been in the name of safety and are warranted. But the effect remains: scoring keeps rising.Yet, as the Seahawks displayed last season against the mighty Broncos attack, defense usually still rules when a title is on the line.They have rapidly realized just that in Green Bay, Baltimore and Arizona, too.All three of those teams, plus the Colts, will be well-positioned come January if their defenses stay healthy and as stingy as is possible in the high-octane NFL.No, none of those clubs has a wrecking crew along the lines of the 1985 Bears, 2000 Ravens or any versions of the Steel Curtain.But the Packers are a threat if they come up with just enough defense to complement an Aaron Rodgers-led offense. Ditto the Ravens, who have an experienced and clutch bunch led by Joe Flacco.So are the Cardinals, who have the best-coached units thus far in 2014 under Bruce Arians and his coordinators.“I think we’ve just been building,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “I think we have been putting one brick on top of the other and going through a process and trying to get better every single day.“When you can do that, you can move down the road and improve, and our guys take it seriously. They come to work every day. They bring their lunch box, they bring their blue shirts and they go to work, and that’s how you become a good football team.”Or perhaps a great one.Detroit has had the best defense in the NFC North so far, but the Packers (5-2) are the team to keep a close eye on.Rodgers and Jordy Nelson have been as productive as any passing combo, and they don’t usually slow down as the season wears on. Last year’s top offensive rookie, Eddie Lacy, complements the passing game.And now, perhaps, the Pack is back on D. Green Bay completely shut down Carolina when it mattered Sunday, and after a slow start has looked vastly upgraded from 2013, when it ranked 25th overall.“We’re better a defense now than we were last year,” linebacker A.J. Hawk said, “and hopefully we’re better as a defense now than we were a week ago. Got to find a way to keep getting better. We haven’t, as a team, definitely played our best football yet, so that’s encouraging.”And discouraging to the offenses an ever-improving defense will face.___AP Sports Writer Michael Marot contributed to this story.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more

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Poetry November 20, 2014

first_imgGermaway Jabaru GermawayTribute to The Late Dr. Jabaru CarlonBy Togba-Nah TipotehGermaway Jabaru germawayKamba eh ku ma feh wayAs you make your transition into gloryWe are in the position to pass on your storyA story of a Liberian so patrioticBuilding a society so democraticWith heart and handMaking no demandYou serve the people through your intellectSeeking the people’s interest to protectPromoting the people’s governanceStruggling to end elitist deterrenceWith people’s governance in the hall of primacyAnd elitist deterrence in the dull of historyYou march on in historic transitionYou march on in democratic positionSo, march on to victory JabaruSo, march on into history JabaruGermaway Jabaru germawayKamba eh ku ma feh wayA Tree That Refuses to Bear FruitsBy Eric G. GbanlonCell #: 0886220513A tree that refuses to bear fruit,Stands in a place of needWith nutrients passing through the tips of its roots,It is pregnant, but does not deliver a seed.A tree that refuses to bear fruits,Produces fine flowers on which no bird sat to feed.It dresses like a general, wearing combat and boots,But in times of war, finds pleasure witnessing its men die on the field.The tree that refuses to bear fruits,Is the tree that no farmer would need.Like a tree that refuses to bear fruits,Is a leader that possesses the spirit of greed.When Ebola leavesBy Lekpele NyamalonI can feel the dayFar within my soulWhen we can shake hands againAnd embrace without fearWhen boys and girls can walk to schoolAnd play like birds soaring on skiesI can see the smiles roaring on the faces of teachersTo hug their students and make them learnI can smell the palm butter and smoked fishPouring from the cookshops and restaurantsHappy that the war is overI can hear the horns of the pen pen boysScreaming like bats on top of the worldI can feel the breadth of the preacher manThanking God that his prayers are answeredI can see the sun smiling at usGreeting with hope from aboveWhen Eebola leavesWe would all be merryBut keep those little buckets manning the doorsLike a baby left by EbolaShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Race and alleged discrimination: responsible handling of this issue

first_imgDear Editor,Permit me space in your newspaper to comment on an issue, which if not handled properly by the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), could become an unnecessary issue about race and alleged discrimination.On the face of it, the People’s Progressive Party Commissioners at GECOM could perhaps be genuinely forgiven for believing that Vishnu Persaud’s race had played the greatest part in him not being selected as the Deputy Chief Elections Officer; a post I am aware he had held for a number of years during the Steve Surujbally era.But from what I know, there had been much discontent with his handling of voter education exercises and programmes during the time Persaud had worked both as the deputy chief and as the public relations insider at GECOM. He was the one responsible for voter education and could have done a better job while he was at it. I think Commissioners who had been in place for a while would have noted questions about his performance and would have leaned towards voting against him as they did. They also might have briefed Chairman James Patterson about this, hence the fact that he threw in his casting vote to settle the issue, albeit amid a cloud of suspicion about race playing the major part in his rejection. This is a rather unfortunate development.I therefore sincerely hope that a way could be found to indicate to the general public that there are issues other than race pertaining to Persaud not getting the nod from the three People’s National Congress Commissioners and the Chairman. I make a case for responsible handling of this issue because this proverbial albatross of race which hangs around the neck of the Guyanese society, needs no more fuel to ignite racial insecurities and anxieties.Given his vast experience and familiarity with operations at GECOM, I make a bold suggestion for him to be retained in a consultative capacity given the enormous level of preparations required for Local Government Elections and the General Elections in 2020. He could do no harm if he is so retained and such a move on the part of those at the agency could help to ease lingering suspicions about the motive for not picking him.Sincerely,Winston Marslast_img read more

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Pro-Poor Appropriations: What Liberians Think

first_imgBy Alvin Worzi and Gloria T. TambaAgainst rising public expectations of empowerment by the George M. Weah-led administration, some have cautioned that the public should not expect too much too soon but others disagree.It can be recalled that Mr. Weah was elected based on a widespread belief, particularly among young people, that because he lifted himself from grinding poverty virtually by his own bootstraps, he was perhaps the best suited, among the many presidential candidates, to lift them out of poverty.Throughout the campaign, Weah touted himself as the poor man’s candidate: one who has lived in and experienced poverty first-hand and who, by virtue of his upbringing in very lowly circumstances, was the right man for the job.This point was driven home by President Weah during his inaugural address when he stated, among other things, his style of governance will be “pro-poor,” while sounding a caveat that the country is broke, its economy in a tailspin.“I declare publicly today that transforming the lives of all Liberians is a singular mission and focus of my presidency,’’ he said.But barely two months following his declaration, President Weah’s professed commitment to pro-poor governance was called into question when he announced plans to visit Senegal, Morocco and France and said that his state visit to the latter, his first since assuming office, was being entirely funded by the French government.To the contrary, however, information filtered into social media disclosing that the Minister of State for Presidential Affairs, Nathaniel McGill, had submitted to the Finance Ministry a funding request of US$52,721, to underwrite the cost of the trip to France. The whistle-blower, an employee of the Central Bank, was arrested allegedly on the orders of Presidential Affairs Minister Nathaniel McGill.But his disclosure immediately sent tongues wagging about the size of the 18-man delegation, too large in the eyes of the public, and the amount requested which was seen as unreasonable.This was apparently because the visit was said to be at no cost to the public, especially since President Weah had publicly declared that the country was broke and its economy in a tailspin.As the government struggled to deal with the fallout of the bomb-blast disclosure, calls mounted for the immediate and unconditional release of the whistle-blower. He was later released without charges.Fast forward to March, public concern has been drawn to the national budget.  Just last week, the House of Representatives passed the 2018-2019 budget totaling  US$536, 200, 130  of which US$9.6 million was reserved for implementing President Weah’s  pro-poor agenda for the remaining four months of the 2017-2018 budget year.In the wisdom of officials, the budget recast was necessary not only to assure continuity and avoid a shutdown of government activities but more importantly to afford President Weah the opportunity to focus on deliverables and tangibles with a strong pro-poor bent, with only four months left to the end of the 2017-2018 fiscal period.Some details of the recast budget, out of which US$9.6m was set aside to implement President Weah’s pro-poor agenda, for instance include: US$1.9 million to pay  West African Senior School Examination (WASSCE) fees for about 32,000  12th graders in public and private schools; US$600,000 to maintain traffic and street lights in Monrovia; US$300,000 to create digital registration and install Wi-Fi on key locations on UL campus; US$500,000 for equipment upgrade at John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital and US$1 million for a government-backed credit line to stimulate private sector economic activities.Others include: US$500,000 for national identification card; US$400,000 to expand schools under the Partnership for Schools in Liberia; US$500,000 for humanitarian outreach programs to be implemented by First Lady Clar Weah; US$200,000 to conduct feasibility for a proposed military hospital; US$1 million for Loguatuo Road in Sanniquelle; US$200,000 to repair public buses; and US$2 million for road maintenance nationwide.However, some Liberians have raised concerns that many of these projects will have little or no impact on the poor. The Daily Observer has been sampling views from the public as to what they expect to gain from the recast budget, which is supposed to have a strong pro-poor bent.Gerald Dan Yeakula, Program Manager for Center for Transparency and Accountability in Liberia (CENTAL), describes the initiative by the Weah-led government as a real pro-poor agenda, especially looking at the payment of WASSCE fees and digitalizing of the state-owned university.CENTAL program manager, Gerald YeakulaMr. Yeakula at the same time frowned on the provision of US$500,000 to the first lady of Liberia, indicating there are no guidelines on how the money provided to the first lady will be spent, noting: “We even need to know if the money is subject to audit.”“We need to have institutions taking these initiatives and not individuals, especially the first lady. We even need to direct some of the funds to the health centers, which will ensure that people have access to healthcare which will also speak pro-poor governance,” he said.Yeakula also questioned giving the First Lady US$500,000 for humanitarian outreach over the next four months. The first thing the public wants to know is what kind of programs will be funded with this money?The money, he said, could be used to strengthen the Liberian Red Cross and the Liberia National Fire Services, to provide relief services to less fortunate communities.“We need to build institutions, not people, because after those people shall have left, Liberia will have nothing to celebrate,’’ he said. “President Weah is more interested in his family than the Liberian people,” he said.He lauded the new government for outlining these areas or projects, which indicates high level of transparency. The government should be clear on explaining where the remaining funds will go.Mr. Yeakula said, “We are against this US$400,000 being allocated to Partnership Schools in Liberia.We will need some explanation from the Ministry of Education regarding how they derived at supporting the partnership for schools in Liberia. We want to see Liberia return to its traditional school system,” he said.He said there is a need for the government to have a one-school system that will incorporate and not separate schools, with some  students benefiting while the rest of the public and private schools are undergoing some challenges.Commenting on the allotment for the private sector development, Mr. Yeakula said there is a need to stop ministers and other officials who do not have businesses to benefit from the funds.“This will separate the new government from the previous government. We need to have the real businesses benefiting from this money. At one point in time, people benefited from taxpayers’ money and today, many of those businesses do not exist,” he recalled.He called on the new government, particularly the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP), to work closely with the Liberia Business Association (LIBA) and other relevant institutions, to ensure that real businesses are identified and given priorities.Amin Modad, owner of Bella Cassa Hotel and the new factory that produces PUR water and fruit juices, said the government did not put a lot of thought in developing the pro-poor agenda. He questioned the plan to spend US$200,000 to conduct a feasibility study for a military hospital.Liberian hotel and beverage entrepreneur, Amin ModadThe government, he said, needs to focus on upgrading and improving the facilities and services at John F. Kennedy referral hospital in Monrovia, to serve all people including the military, not try to build a state-of-the-art health facility when the existing medical facilities are struggling.The government, he said, could build a clinic for the military, but spending US$200,000 on a feasibility study for a military hospital is not the best use of scarce resources.“The government needs to start with a clinic and give more support to the John F. Kennedy Medical Center,’’ Modad said. “They can also support some of the referral health-centers around the country, instead of jumping straight to hospital.’’Defense Minister Daniel D. Ziankahn said the US$200,000 covers the feasibility study and the groundbreaking of the proposed hospital.“The US$200,000, which was approved, is not meant for the building of the hospital but the money is there in order for us to know how the facility of the modern hospital would be and this is intended to provide better healthcare services to our soldiers,” Ziankahn said.Minister Ziankahn told the Daily Observer newspaper that the feasibility study included the groundbreaking ceremony of the proposed military hospital near the Schiefflin military barracks.Former AFL Chief of Staff, Major General Daniel Ziankahn, now Minister of National DefenseIn an exclusive interview with a number of soldiers at separate locations in Monrovia, several soldiers said they appreciate the idea of a military hospital, which they described as very significant to their well-being.Some also pointed out that despite the fact that they welcome the idea of a military hospital, they are concerned about the deplorable housing conditions.“The living condition of the soldiers so far is not in a good situation because soldiers are living in a one bedroom with their families, while others have two smaller bedrooms in accordance with ranks,” a soldier disclosed to our reporter.The reporter observed that the lack of safe drinking water, electricity, poor healthcare delivery system and lack of better bathrooms, are also a major challenge.“We also go out of electricity for days,” a soldier told the Observer.He said the engineering company of the AFL, along with other international experts, will do the feasibility study while the engineering battalion will carry out the construction of the military hospital.Housing is a priority because “right now we don’t have good place to lay our heads,’’ said one soldier, who did not want to be identified.About nine soldiers interviewed Wednesday said they were afraid to use their names for fear of losing their jobs or getting in trouble with the new government.Another soldier said: “We hope that the President will quickly look into constructing or renovating our housing facilities, so as to enable us to live better lives and continue to defend our nation.’’Samuel Dean, chairperson of the Disabled of Like Mind For Good Governance, said the First Lady’s humanitarian outreach should include renovating government buildings to provide shelters for people with physical and mental disabilities. Many of them are homeless and spend most of their lives on the streets.“We need a psychiatric home that will take care of our brothers and sisters in terms of treatment and other needs,’’ Dean said. “This home or place should help to monitor them and provide some level of care, including cutting their hair and providing clothes for them, among others.final--Mentally Disabled& Pregnant.jpgA mentally disabled and pregnant woman in Monrovia“Some of the funds should also be used to build a kitchen that will serve hot meals to people with physical and mental disabilities.“We need to ensure that mentally ill people do not eat from the garbage, but eat nutritional food, and get regular medical checkup,’’ he said. “I strongly believe that some of them just need care to recover from their conditions.”John Stephens, a resident of Du-port Road 37, who  lost his right leg during the civil war, is hoping some of the pro-poor money reaches people like him. .“I want to hear about free education for the disabled and physically challenged people across Liberia,’’ Stephen said. “I also want to see homes built in the various counties for us. This will shelter some of our brothers and sisters who don’t have a place to stay.’’Felecia Kortu, a junior student of the Seventh-day Adventist on the Somalia Drive, is happy that her parents will not worry about her national exam fees.“If the West African Senior School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE) fees were not taken care of by the government, many parents will not be able to afford paying such money,’’ she said. “The government did well to remove such payment from our parents’ shoulders.’’Kortu welcomes the humanitarian outreach fund reserved for the First Lady’s projects because it has the potential to improve the lives of children.“We have people who are really suffering and need such money to help improve their lives,’’ she said. “I hope that some of the children who are selling in the streets will benefit from it,” she said.Sam Mitchell, owner of the Corina Hotel and former president of the Liberian Business Association (LIBA), said the $1 million earmarked to boost private sector development should include petty traders and small-medium enterprises, not people like him with well-established businesses.Sam Mitchell, CEO, Corina HotelThe government, he said, needs to empower and relocate the petty traders, a move that will build their capacity to begin generating revenue for the government.“Government needs to locate areas or places for these petty traders to go, because they are all in the streets and don’t have anywhere to go,’’ he said.Other countries such as Ghana have designated areas for petty traders.In the past, government-backed private sector initiatives did not have an impact because of the lack of proper planning and implementation.Grace Bryant, who sells socks, underwear, t-shirts, juices, biscuits, candy, among others, at ELWA Junction, said the rise in the U.S. dollar rate is a major problem for petty traders.“I want the government to focus on dropping the exchange rate that will help small business people, including me,” she said.Sarah Flomo, a mother of two who sells slippers at Waterside, said the $1 million for private sector development should target existing businesses, not launch new businesses.“I want the government to think about us who are under the sun selling,’’ she said. ‘’I also want them to build a place that everyone can go instead of sitting in the sun from morning to night.’’Sam Mannah, presidential press secretary, said the First Lady’s humanitarian outreach will focus on orphanages and disadvantaged youth. The First Lady will provide details of her plan later, he added.“Most of the First Lady’s initiatives have been directed towards orphanage homes,’’ he said. “She visited several orphanages recently and donated to help them.’’Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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GTT donates shirts for Bartica’s Cancer Awareness Walk

first_imgThe Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GTT) has donated 200 Pinktober T-shirts to the Mayor of Bartica, Gifford Marshall in support of that city’s Cancer Awareness Walk.Bartica Mayor Gifford Marshall receives the donation of shirts from GTTAccording to the Mayor, the annual activity, which will take place on October 23, is part of the partnership between the Bartica Teachers Union and Nurses of Bartica.“Over the last two years, the council has recognised the need to participate in the Cancer Awareness Month and we are very impressed with the lead GTT has taken. We have modelled our activities similarly to what GTT hosts in Georgetown and we look forward to the success of this event,” Marshall said.Bartica’s Cancer Awareness Walk in Bartica, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) will start at 18:00h from the Cenotaph (Stelling Square) and will go through the streets of Bartica. The walk will end at the basketball court, where those participating will engage in a planned activity— a number of local artistes will be performing.Mayor Marshall encouraged persons in the Bartica community to come out and support the cancer awareness venture. “The reason why we are walking is because active mobility is a critical aspect of staying healthy, and we want to remember those who would have survived cancer and those loved ones we have lost along the way. We also want to remind all of Bartica that we all have a responsibility to ourselves in ensuring our own health and wellness,” the Mayor stated.On September 6, GTT launched its annual Pinktober event which is aimed at educating Guyanese on cancer care and raising funds to support treatment for cancer patients in Guyana. The company has month-long activities planned to observe Cancer Awareness Month. GTT’s 5k/10k walk and run event occurs on October 26, 2019.last_img read more

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Food, drugs, cosmetics not labelled in English will be refused entry

first_imgGovt warns importers, retailers…actions will be taken countrywide to remove all such items from local marketThe Government Analyst-Food & Drug Department (GA-FDD) is issuing a warning to importers, wholesalers, and retailers to discontinue the importation and the sale of food, drugs and cosmetics which are labelled in a foreign language.The GA-FDD says the product labelled in Spanish (on the left) is unacceptable while the one on the right in English isAccording to the GA-FDD Director, Marlon Cole, the Food and Drug Regulations of 1977 section 18 (15) stipulates that declarations made on labels of any food, drugs, cosmetics or medical devices must be in English; making it an offence to import, sell or distribute those foreign labelled articles on our local market.“The Department is therefore urging importers to ensure that only items labelled in English or with English translation are imported and to immediately cease the importation and sale of same. This decision has become increasingly necessary because of the illegal practice of some importers tampering with labels, consumer complaints and observations made by the Department,” Cole said in a release.He further stated that members of the National Food Safety and Control Committee were briefed at a statutory meeting held on December 12, 2017, of this malpractice; “hence enforcement actions will be taken countrywide to remove all foreign labelled food items from our local market.”According to Cole, consumers are strongly advised to purchase items that are properly labelled in English.The Department said it will be working in collaboration with the Guyana Revenue Authority, through its Customs Department to ensure only items that are labelled in English are released for sale on our local market.“Foreign labelled items will be refused entry,” said the GA-FDD Director.last_img read more

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Crews in for the long haul at Tembec Fire

first_imgFire crews are setting up for a long battle at the Tembec Pulp Mill near Chetwynd.Late Wednesday afternoon the mill and several product piles caught fire. Crews from Fort St. John and Dawson Creek were immediately dispatched to the scene at around 5:20pm. Crews have successfully extinguished the fire in the mill, but fires continue to burn in chip and log piles.Wednesday evening, on top of the crews from Dawson Creek and Fort St. John, the Chetwynd Fire Department was called in along with two helicopters and water bombers. Water bombers from the Ministry of Forests have made several drops on the area and more crews from the Ministry will be brought in tomorrow to help prevent the spread of the fire by using residential sprinkler kits.Crews hope to slowly put the fires out by pulling apart the chip and log piles, but that process could take a long time. At the moment the cause of the massive fire is still unknown.Advertisement The City of Fort St. John and Dawson Creek are both under contract to provide emergency services to the Tembec Pulp Mill, which means Tembec will be paying for the cost of fighting the fire.The contract between Fort St. John and Tembec started in 2004. Dawson Creek joined the contract in 2008. Earlier this year Fort St. John Council agreed with staff that they would renew the contract for another two years, but wanted to meet with Tembec to discuss alternative options.The City is concerned that it will only be a matter of time before the Fire Department would be in a conflict situation where the contracted service would put residents and property at risk in Fort St. John. The City is currently working with Tembec to help the company find another service to help fight any fires. Photo:  This photo was submitted to Energeticcity.caAdvertisement Photo:  Crews are battling several large fires at the Tembec Pulp Mill near Chetwynd – Adam Reaburn/Energeticcity.ca – Advertisement -**Update – For an update on this story, click herelast_img read more

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Nun, 79, pleads no contest to indecencies with 2 boys

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre One man said the nun told him in 1965, when he was 13, to open the buttons of her habit, but he was shaking so badly he could not do so. He said she then unbuttoned her clothing and had him touch her breasts, the complaint said. The first incident was followed by 60 to 80 others, including two involving sexual intercourse, it said. The other man said he had sexual contact with the nun more than 100 times, beginning when he was in seventh grade. At least one incident involved sexual intercourse, the complaint said. Giannini went on to work in Illinois from 1970 to 1994. Sister Betty Smith, regional president for the Sisters of Mercy in Chicago, has said the nun received extensive counseling at a St. Louis treatment facility after the order “learned of the situation” during the 1990s. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MILWAUKEE – A 79-year-old Roman Catholic nun pleaded no contest Monday to two counts of indecent behavior with a child for alleged sexual encounters with two male students at a church convent and school where she was principal during the 1960s. The nun, Norma Giannini, and her attorney left the courthouse without comment after entering the pleas in Milwaukee County Circuit Court. Giannini faces a maximum 10 years on each count when sentenced Feb. 1. According to the criminal complaint, the two men told authorities they had dozens of sexual encounters with Giannini, including intercourse, while attending St. Patrick’s School. last_img read more

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